MORNING PENS BUZZ The Penguins actively in the market to bolster their depth on the bottom-2 lines, held organizational meetings on Friday about whether to put in a claim for Lightning forward Adam Hall, sources say, but claiming Hall would force the Penguins to clear a roster spot to make room for him on the 23 man roster, which makes things tricky.
Reports out of Canada have indicated the Penguins could be close to acquiring Lightning forward Adam Hall but currently there is no deal in place according to sources. The Penguins have made an inquiry but the Lightning are asking for too high of a draft pick. Pittsburgh has also been pleased with the play of Dustin Jeffrey and Bill Thomas. Thomas played well during his three game stint with the Penguins and had two goals against Manchester last night. The organization is expected to give him another look as the Penguins fourth line checking center. Another thing to consider is Lightning GM Brian Lawton was Ryan Malone‚Äôs former agent. Malone and Hall became best friends in Pittsburgh and Hall signed a three year deal with the Lightning on the first day of free agency. Guys like Adam Hall are usually waiting around until August to find a home. Malone clearlyRead More »
The Penguins didn‚Äôt put together a 60 minute game but they controlled the play for the first two periods and beat the Philadelphia Fylers 4-2 Tuesday night at the Wachovia Center. Evgeni Malkin scored his 17th goal of the season, and Sidney Crosby added two assists as the dynamic duo played on the same line for the second consecutive game. Head coach Michel Therrien altered the Penguins lines prior to the game, moving gritty forward Matt Cooke up to the first line to play with Malkin and Crosby. The move paid off as Crosby, Cooke and Malkin combined for two goals and two assists. Cooke scored with 36 seconds remaining in the second period to the put the Penguins up 4-1 heading into the third period. Tyler Kennedy (7) and Jordan Staal (14) also scored for the Penguins. Marc Andre Fleury who has struggled of late made 27 saves toRead More »